Natalia Makarova's acclaimed production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life. Featuring opulent sets by Pier Luigi Samaritani and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, it stars Marianela Nuñez as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Vadim Muntagirov as Solor, and Natalia Osipova as Gamzatti, whose alluring presence challenges Solor’s love for Nikiya.
The Kingdom of the Shades scene in Act II is one of the ballet's highlights, in which a series of arabesques across the moonlit stage demonstrates the strength of the corps de ballet and the beauty of Marius Petipa's choreography. The ballet also contains roles of very different styles for two ballerinas in Nikiya and Gamzatti, a spectacular virtuoso solo for the Bronze Idol (Alexander Campbell), and stunning pas de deux for Solor with both Nikiya and Gamzatti.
Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Nikiya: Marianela Nuñez
Solor: Vadim Muntagirov
Gamzatti: Natalia Osipova
The High Brahmin: Gary Avis
Rajah: Christopher Saunders
The Bronze Idol: Alexander Campbell
Artists of The Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Choreography: Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa
Set Designs: Pier Luigi Samaritani
Costume Designs: Yolanda Sonabend
Plus: Introduction to La Bayadère; Dancing ‘The Kingdom of Shades’; Cast Gallery